Special webinar deal is available for ASPE members this month
Through the end of June, ASPE members can view the archived webinar "Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: A Design Engineer's Perspective" and earn one hour of continuing education for just $35. That's half off the regular fee! Click here to take advantage of this cost-saving opportunity today.
UCLA Extension’s advanced plumbing system design courses start June 24
Registration is open for the following courses in UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, which is sponsored by ASPE: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (onsite) and Solar Thermal Energy Solutions (online). Both are electives in the certificate program or can be taken individually by those looking to increase their design skills.
Charlotte Chapter life member passes away
George Payne Jr., PE, an ASPE member since 1969, passed away on May 23. He served in the Navy during World War II and worked as a mechanical engineer for United Engineering Group for more than three decades. In addition to ASPE, George was a member of ASHRAE and SFPE. The obituary is available here.
Rochester Chapter loses member to cancer
Jason Dredger, a Rochester Chapter member since 1996, passed away on May 28 at the age of 41 after a five-year battle with cancer. He worked as an engineer for M/E Engineering in Rochester for 19 years. You can find the obituary here.
Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Only one answer sheet per chapter will be accepted!
June 12 question: What was the topic of the ASPE Research Foundation’s first successfully completed project?
Get out of the office and network with ASPE members
Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.
Blame old pipes for increased water bills
Water rates may increase at least 10 percent annually over the next decade to cover the costs of repairing aging infrastructure, according to water utilities surveyed by Black & Veatch Corp. The problem is exacerbated by decreased revenues due to water conservation measures and stagnant new home construction.
How toilet shortages lead to crimes against women
Due to a severe lack of private facilities, half of India’s 1.2 billion citizens are forced to defecate in open fields, leaving them vulnerable to harassment, assault, and even murder. The toilet shortage also costs India more than $50 billion a year through premature deaths and hygiene-related diseases. More>>
Innovative water projects chosen to protect NYC and NJ from future flooding
The six winning projects of a design competition created by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force include an eight-mile long system of dikes around the tip of lower Manhattan and water parks and pumps to discharge runoff in New Jersey. More>>
Fourth ETS builds stronger industry/government bridges
The International Emerging Technology Symposium recently held in Washington, D.C., for which ASPE was a co-sponsor, offered an excellent forum for plumbing and mechanical industry professionals to engage with government officials to find solutions to the country's most pressing water and energy challenges. More>>
Architect licensure upon graduation proposal gains national endorsement
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards recently announced its endorsement of a new path toward licensure that would allow architectural students to earn intern experience and take their licensing exam while still in school. More>>
Public comments sought for the IgCC
The International Code Council seeks pubic comments on the Report of Committee Action Hearings for the International Green Construction Code. Public comments will be accepted via cdpACCESS through July 16. The report and instructions on submitting comments can be found here.
Free webinar on managing leakage being held next Thursday
On June 19, the Alliance for Water Efficiency will host a webinar on a recent research project that created a user-friendly model to analyze and reduce water utility system leakage. More>>
Water well construction standard receives ANSI approval
ANSI/NGWA-01-14, published by the National Ground Water Association, covers site selection, casing installation, performance testing, chlorine disinfection, water sampling and analysis, and well and test-hole decommissioning, among other topics. More>>
2015 editions of the International Codes are now available
Those who purchase the 2015 I-Codes will receive a free submission to ICC's new Code Alert service that provides critical code updates as well as free access to videos, excerpts from support documents, and training resources. More>>
Green Globes offers new Sustainable Interiors rating system
Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors for tenant improvement projects, fit-outs, and remodels covers six environmental assessment areas: energy, materials and resources, indoor environment, water, project management, and emissions.
New design guidelines for residential healthcare facilities to be released this month
Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, published by the Facility Guidelines Institute, provides a new set of minimum standards for a wide range of long-term residential care facilities.
RPA to hold its annual conference at the 2015 AHR Expo
The Radiant Professionals Alliance Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on January 27, 2015 in Chicago and will include a complete radiant and hydronic training and education program. More>>